author of A Raisin in the Sun
author of "The Road Not Taken" and "Mending Wall"
Henry David Thoreau
author of Walden and "Civil Disobedience"
Edgar Lee Masters
author of Spoon River Anthology
author of Leaves of Grass
author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Ralph Waldo Emerson
author of Nature, "Self-Reliance," "Concord Hymn," and "The Snowstorm"
author of "Because I could not stop for death--"
other "business partner" of Walter's; runs off with money
Tom's aunt; she arrives to straighten things out at the end
Aunt Sally Phelps
Tom's aunt; mistakes Huck for Tom
"Listen, I'm going to be a doctor. I'm not worried about who I'm going to marry yet--if I ever get married."
"I waited in that train station six hours...That was all the extra money I had in the world...Man, Willy is gone."
head of a feuding family; "He was a gentleman all over; and so was his family."
"Look honey, we're going to the theatre--we're not going to be in it...so go change, huh?"
narrator of the book
superstitious runaway slave; friend of Huck's
"Nigeria. Home. I will show you our mountains and our stars, and give you cool drinks from gourds..."
"What do you think you are going to gain by moving into a neighborhood where you just aren't wanted"
"Well, I always wanted me a garden like I used to see sometimes at the back of the houses down home. This plant is close as I ever got to having one."
Mary Jane Wilks
defends Huck; Huck tells her the truth about the men she thought were her uncles
Walter Lee is his chauffeur
Huck's alcoholic, abusive father
"I'll work twenty hours a day in all the kitchens in Chicago...I'll strap my baby on my back if I have to and scrub all the floors in America and wash all the sheets in America if I have to--but we got to move...We got to get out of here..."
Tom's younger brother who Tom pretends to be
younger con man who at one point must pretend to be deaf
"One of these fellows was about seventy or upwards, and had a bald head and very gray whiskers"; older con man
Huck's best friend; loves to develop plots
"Gaa-lee, Grandmama, you rich." "You crackin' up?"
Walter Lee Younger
"The future, Mama. Hanging over there at the edge of my days. Just waiting for me--a big, looming blank space--full of nothing."
she takes Huck in and tries to civilize him at the beginning of the book
where Tom gets most of his ideas
what's unique about all the speakers in the poems from Spoon River Anthology
"Something there is that doesn't love a wall"
quotation from "Mending Wall"
"Good fences make good neighbors"
another quotation from "Mending Wall"
double meaning of "Mending Wall"
neighbors are mending the wall and mending the relationship
a statement that seems contradictory or ridiculous but is nevertheless true
a person, place, or thing that his its own meaning and also represents something larger
an intellectual movement founded by Emerson--truth grasped through intuition, nature illuminates nature of human beings, Over-Soul
a central message revealed by a literary work and often expressed through the use of symbols, as well as characters' actions, descriptions, and imagery
wrote shorter poems that used dashes insted of standard punctuation; often referenced nature and sometimes death
often wrote longer poems with long, rambling lines which did not rhyme; common themes incuded celebration of America, individual, and life, reflecting a belief everyone is connected